SHC to hear multiple tax, demurrage case on March 26

KARACHI: A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) on Friday fixed March 26 to hear a case of multiple claims by custom authorities, banks, shipping agency, KPT in a case of sugar imported by Suleman Corporation from India.

The consignment was imported in a period of acute shortage but was detained by the custom authorities. The Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance involvement also delayed the matter and at one stage re-export of the consignment was also allowed.

As the importer was unable to pay the levies, it was auctioned as “unlifted consignment”. Due to inordinate delay the demurrage and other charges etc accumulated to the tune of billions of rupees.

On Friday when the matter came up before Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Abdul Malik Gaddi, a joint statement was filed showing details of taxes, charges, demurrage etc.

Shakeel Ahmed advocate, counsel for Pakistan Customs, Appraisment East and Custom Auction told the bench that customs is not a party to the joint statement.

The bench recording the contentions asked the counsel for customs to file objections while adjourning further hearing till March 26.

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